Samuel Clemens Room

Samuel Clemens Room

From the fall of 1856 to mid-winter 1857, beloved American author Samuel Langhorne Clemens lived in Cincinnati, Ohio in a boarding house on Walnut Street, and worked at a printing shop a few blocks away. It was while living in Cincinnati that Clemens made the 30-mile trip to Lebanon, Ohio and the Golden Lamb.

Also while in Ohio, Clemens, not yet “Mark Twain,” sent three mock travel letters, under the name of “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass,” to the Keokuk (Iowa) Daily Post where his brother worked. He was paid $5/letter. In one he wrote, “You couldn't a told Cincinnati from the Rocky Mountains in January. The Ohio river was friz to the bottom--which warn't no great shakes in the freezing line, considering that krick aint never got more'n forty barls of water in it, no how.” In February 1857, Clemens left Cincinnati to apprentice as a river pilot on the Ohio and Mississippi eventually giving birth to “Mark Twain.”

The Samuel Clemens Room is on the Golden Lamb’s third floor with one double and one queen-size bed.